Beware of scams implying association with UNODC

UNODC has been made aware of various correspondences, being circulated via e-mail, from Internet web sites, and via regular mail or facsimile, falsely stating that they are issued by, or in association with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and/or its officials. These scams, which may seek to obtain money and/or in many cases personal details from the recipients of such correspondence, are fraudulent.

UNODC wishes to warn the public at large about these fraudulent activities being perpetrated purportedly in the name of the Office, and/or its officials, and would appreciate your bringing suspect communications to its attention.

Please note that:

UNODC strongly recommends that the recipients of solicitations such as those described above exercise extreme caution in respect of such solicitations. Financial loss and identity theft could result from the transfer of money or personal information to those issuing such fraudulent correspondence. Victims of such scams may also report them to their local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Should you have any doubts about the authenticity of an e-mail, letter or telephone communication purportedly from, for, or on behalf of UNODC and/or its officials, please send us an e-mail query before taking any further action in relation to the correspondence.